Here we are in the thick of holiday season. Snow is falling, houses are decorated with lights, and the smell of sugar cookies fill the air. If you are like many Americans, you are gearing up for a few more holiday feasts before the year is out.
With all of the activities, celebrations and “to do” lists this time of year often brings its fair share of mindless eating, which typically leads to overeating. From ugly sweater parties to potlucks there is no shortage of goodies, snacks, and drinks to enjoy while visiting with friends. By the end of the event, it can be hard to tell what and how much you’ve consumed.
So what’s the trick to finishing the holiday celebrations without overeating? It’s as simple as being mindful. Try out these tips and tricks for swapping overeating with mindful eating this holiday season.
- Be Prepared for Peer Pressure
There will always be someone who is concerned about your food selection. They skim your plate for what is and isn’t there and will let you know what you need to try (whether it’s healthy or not). You can help avoid this whole situation by bringing a nourishing, delicious dish. Not only can you crowd your plate with the dish you prepared but you can ensure your friends and family have a healthy option as well. When the peer pressure arises politely decline.
- Set the Mood
Hosting or not offer to help decorate. Drape the table with a lovely table cover accompanied by a holiday centerpiece and some candles to help set the mood. All of these items help create a calming atmosphere where friends and family can dine together. This will allow everyone to enjoy their meal and conversation without feeling rushed.
- Take it Slow
With today’s fast-paced life we are used to rushing through everything. It’s not every day you get to spend time with family and friends. Take the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the moment. The same goes for eating. Savor every bite you take and take time to chew, chew, chew. With all the delicious dishes it may be tempting to rush through, don’t. You are more likely to enjoy and appreciate your meal when you slow down and take the time to enjoy your food.
- Forget Facebook (and all the other distractions)
Social media is downright distracting. We have all seen the images of couples out to dinner or friends hanging out with their faces buried in their phones. Your Twitter feed and Instagram handle will still be there when the party’s over. Take advantage of the time you get to spend with family and friends by engaging with them. The same goes for meal time. Skip the scrolling and keep your focus on the meal in front of you and company beside you. You will be glad you did.
- Refrain from Grazing
Talk about mindless eating at it worst. It’s easy to walk around the room chatting away and grabbing a piece of fudge here and salami there. Before you know it you have no idea how much you have consumed and haven’t even eaten dinner. Rather than grazing take a moment to fix yourself a small plate of hors d’oeuvres sit down with a few friends you would like to mingle with and enjoy the food in front of you.